Internal Contest Empowers Associates to Champion a Cause They Believe
TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Capital One Canada associates let their
voices be heard by voting to give $35,000 to Free the Children in the
company's annual "Who Wants to be a Philanthropist" contest. This
internal company event offers the opportunity for Capital One's
Canadian associate base to champion a charity or cause they believe
in. Entrants present why they are passionate about a cause or charity,
and after presentations by each of the participants, the Canadian
associates vote on which charities will receive the top prizes.
Free The Children, championed by Capital One associate, Andrew Hall, is the most recent
winner of the $35,000 grand prize. This was the second time Andrew
entered this charity in the Who Wants to be a Philanthropist contest.
Rosalba Spano, a Capital One associate based in Montreal, won a $20,000
donation for Make a Wish Foundation - Quebec chapter, and Brian Trotman, a Toronto-based associate, won third prize with a
$10,000 donation to the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.
"I have seen first hand the incredible work Free The Children does to
inspire Canadian youth to be the champions of change," said Andrew
Hall. "I knew I also needed to do my part so I jumped at the chance to
enter our contest. It is very meaningful to have the support of both
my colleagues and my company to make this donation to a cause I believe
At Andrew's request, the $35,000 donation to Free The Children will be
allocated to two programs: domestic actions, supporting youth
leadership and empowerment programs here at home; and international
causes, specifically the charity's Water Initiative aimed at providing
100,000 people living in developing communities with a permanent source
of clean water.
Launched in 2007, the Who Wants to be a Philanthropist contest is
designed to give Capital One's Canadian associates a strong voice in
how the company allocates its charitable dollars. The program was
built on the premise that Capital One's charitable giving should
represent the dedication of its associates and the passion they have
for the community.
"Part of our philanthropic mission is to make a difference in the
communities where our associates live and work. With that in mind, it
just makes sense to make our associates a key part of the decision
making process," said Rob Livingston, President, Capital One Canada.
"I want to personally thank all of the participants in the latest Who
Wants to be a Philanthropist Contest, and offer special congratulations
to Andrew Hall and Free The Children for winning the grand prize."
Capital One Canada believes in giving Canadian children a strong
foundation to succeed in life. That's why the company invests in
organizations and institutions that support financial education and
social development for youth in the communities where it operates.
About Capital One
With offices in Toronto and Montreal, Capital One has offered Canadian
consumers a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996,
when the company first introduced the Platinum MasterCard in Canada.
Capital One Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of
Capital One Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF).
SOURCE: Capital One Services, Inc.
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